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Ministry Story: Gloria’s Baby

Recently we had the joy of visiting the church of Pisambilla for a baby dedication.

Pisambilla is a Church of God located high up on Mt. Cayambe. The church is between buildings right now. We are currently meeting in a carve out in the hillside. If you would like to donate to their building project please click here! 


Timothy was invited to dedicate Samara the daughter of Gloria, one of his seminary students. Gloria is also the daughter of Pastor Carlos.

It was an absolute honor to speak into the lives of Samara, Gloria, the family and the church!

Here is a short podcast about this wonderful experience.

In Deuteronomy 6:4-9 we read: “Listen, Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You must love  the LORD your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength. These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up. You should tie them as a reminder on your forearm and fasten them as symbols on your forehead. Inscribe them on the door frames of your houses and gates.”

This scripture is very important especially as we think about how to raise a child in a manner dedicated to God.

We love our children! Naturally we want to raise them in a way that passes on our faith.


Deuteronomy teaches us that God is unique, the only one worthy of worship! The scripture teaches us that our attitude toward God is to be one of love. Love through thought (intellect, creativity), Love through body and spirit (our whole being), and Love through work (strength).

This is a Quechua hymn called Cuya Tayta Diolla. We love hearing our brothers and sisters sing in this beautiful language!

The scripture then instructs us that this truth is to be taught to our children. We are to teach our children to love God as we sit in our house.  This means that our home must be a home focused on God’s truth. Both naturally and intentionally we raise our kids in an atmosphere of faith at home.

We see Pastor Carlos raising his children in a home filed with faith. We know that Gloria will raise Samara in the same atmosphere.

We are to instruct our children in the ways of faith as we walk along the road. Notice the contrast between the home and the road. At home we are supposed to be protected, safe, and free to be most ourself. The message of faith in the home is unified. The road is different. In the road we encounter the dangers of life, difficult people, and confusing thoughts. The road is where our faith is tested. The Scripture says that we are to teach our children in this challenging atmosphere as well. We are to guide them through the troubles in the life. We are to walk with them on the paths they choose to walk. We are to teach our children in the safety of our homes and also in the vulnerability of the road.

The road may be where our faith is proven but ideally the home is where our faith begins.


This Scripture then goes on to speak of another instance in which we are to instruct our children in the way of faith. We are to remind our children as we lie down and as we get up. This means that our day is to be spent in a manner that brings our kids into a living relationship with God our Father. In every situation during the day we have a choice, we can either act and react in a way that brings our kids into a deeper relationship with God or in a way that drives our kids away from the loving arms of our Savior. A measured and Christ entered response to life’s daily issues teaches our children the way of faith. We must try to act and react in godly ways to all of life’s problems both extraordinary and mundane.

We often rise to the occasion when the extraordinary occurs but consistency in the mundane is what prepares us for the extraordinary.

This Scripture then goes on to tell us to make physical reminders of the truth. That’s because we are both a physical and spiritual creation. Sometimes we need to make physical reminders of spiritual truths. We should find a physical reminder of our faith. We should connect the spiritual truth that we teach our children with physical reminders of that truth. This is what Jesus did when he taught. 

This Scripture concludes with the instruction to write the truth on your door and gate. Door frames and gates are the part of the home that the community sees. What the Bible is teaching is that we are to be a witness to the community. As parents we have a lot of influence on our children the community we live in also shapes our children’s thoughts and actions. This is why we take every opportunity to share our faith with our neighbors. Our witness is to shine inside and outside of our homes, our witness should help shape the spiritual atmosphere in which our children will grow up. 877de699-eebb-46c1-b2fe-65069555e35a

What does your community see from the outside looking in?

Jesus quotes these verses and joins them with Leviticus 19:18 in Matthew 22:37-40.  

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  Jesus  said to him, “‘ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind .’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘ Love your neighbor as yourself .’ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Loved ones, the same Jesus Christ who invited The children to come to him invites us to live in Divine love. Allow me to encourage you, love God, love others, live accordingly so that Our Children can see and believe. 

Our kids need to see so that they can believe!

With much love,ef59575f-e5ac-4bae-9fe9-06477aae1fc4 The Downings

If you liked this ministry story we encourage you to click here and enjoy a recent visit we had with the Roldos Church!  


Cultural Insight 3: Water

The wellspring of the Gospel is powerful and freely flows into every culture. As you will find out on this episode of our mission path podcast living water speaks profoundly to the hearts of people with an Andean worldview. Just click on the audio player below for this week’s Cultural Insight!


With much love,AE4CC7DA-43B8-4EB7-BAB4-3FE9CA162129 The Downings

We invite you to click here and check our this recent ministry story it also has to do with water!

Pisambilla, A Church With A View


During our first year of missionary service in Ecuador we are focusing on building relationships with pastors and church leaders.  Recently Timothy and Tim were blessed with the opportunity to take a small group of church leaders from the Breiel Blvd Church of God to the Pisambilla church on the slopes of the Cayambe volcano.

Talk about a church with a view!

We were delighted to see the current church building and the very beginning of the future church building.

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The believers in the Pisambilla church are a hearty bunch, worshipping in a lean-to feeling the breeze from the glacier atop of Mt. Cayambe.

We would love to lead a construction work camp to help our brothers complete the new church building.

During our visit we were honored to receive a lunch of biscuits, cheese, large green beens (cooked in delicious pork fat), and tea.

From what we understand the salvation story of Pastor Carlos is nothing short of miraculous.  It is the kind of story you can read in the book of Acts.  It begins with a group from a pseudo Christian cult.  They came to the Pisambilla area and preached their brand of the Gospel and Carlos was interested.  What they said about Jesus moved his heart but what was written in the book they gave him rang hollow.  The mixture of truth and falsehood that this cult preached left him certain that there was truth and just as certain that he did not yet know the complete truth.  One day he awoke with an idea, he would go on a walk, he would walk until he found the truth.  There is a word, Chaquiñán, in his language of Quechua which means meandering path.  Carlos decided that he would walk his own personal chaquiñán, and if Jesus was real he would surely meet him along the way.  Carlos said goodbye to his wife and kids and began his search.  His chaquiñán eventually took him to the door of a Church of God.  As he began asking question after question the Pastor presented the simple Gospel and Carlos accepted Christ as his Savior.

Pastor Carlos and his wife Rosa Carmen

Carlos’ chaquiñán did not end at salvation, finding the truth and accepting the truth always carries with it the responsibility to tell others of the truth!  And tell others is exactly what he did.  He returned to Pisambilla and told the Gospel story often enough that a church was born.  He told of Christ’s love and sacrifice to the point that his community elders accused him of calling into question the “old beliefs” and departing from the “old ways.”  Carlos was persecuted to the point of physical beatings.  In the face of severe persecution Carlos chose to take the eternal view.  He told his persecutors that he would leave the village for a time and if the church he had started survived without him they would know that it was a work of his powerful God, but if the church died then the “old beliefs and ways” must be the truth.  During Carlos’ absence….the church grow.

Carlos’ house sets next to the church building. He and Carman raised their ten children here.

It is a privilege to have our ministries intersect with the ministry of the Pisambilla Church.  Angelita is the director of the Children of Promise program in Ecuador.  The Pisambilla Church has eight children enrolled in the program.  Timothy is the director of the Seminary and is honored to have Pastor Carlos and some of his older kids in class.

Of course, when we speak of our ministry we always keep in mind that our ministry is actually an extension of your ministry and we are both simply carrying out the ever expanding ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  So thank you for your trust and support.

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